Armour’s Gaudets’ make maintenance award family tradition
Posted: April 14, 2016 by Dave Nesseth
MISSISSAUGA, ON – Armour Transportation Systems’ Mike Gaudet not only followed in his father’s footsteps towards trucking, but his father’s pursuit of excellence in the industry as well, winning Volvo’s coveted Canadian Fleet Maintenance Manager of the Year Wednesday to make the father-son duo champions 19 years removed.
“I’ve learned a lot from him, and I’m sure he’s learned a lot from me,” an emotional Gaudet told the crowd at the International Centre on the eve of Truck World. “My dad’s been an inspiration.”
Gaudet’s father, Alban, took home the CFMS maintenance honor in 1997.
That family spirit has crept through the boundaries of Armour’s office walls in New Brunswick as well.
“He treats us like his own family,” said a colleague through a video feed.
Gaudet got his start in sales, and never studied as a mechanic. Instead he’s climbed the corporate ladder in the trucking business, taking up shop with Armour five years ago.
“You’ve followed the initiative to be good at what you do,” Armour CEO Wesley Armour said to Gaudet. “I think you’re right on top of your game right now, and you’ve been a mentor to a lot of people,” he added.